Friday, May 4, 2018

Hound Dog Jack


Thank you so much to all of my Blogging friends for your wonderful support, love and words during the last few months. With my Jack Rabbit being so ill and injured...life was very tough. I should also thank you all for the same support, love and words during the last eight months while we babysat Stella and Pavlov...in ten days they will be leaving us. I'm so torn, it's crazy how attached you get to these critters isn't it?


My little hound dog has fully recovered from ???...whatever happened to him. Now we are trying to make life easier for him as he ages. Alex built a removable ramp that attaches to the couch. Oscar the Cat seems to enjoy it as well! Jack is very smart, we just say "take the ramp Jack" and he runs up and down it...same thing with the ramp outside to the yard! :)


Though it's pouring rain today, I was able to get outside and fix up my porch a few days back! :) It was so warm and sunny a few days ago, sitting on the love seat with Mr. Jack was such a treat! :) You'll note the snow in the background...it's still hanging on, but nearly gone now!


Alex and I had some guests over for a fondue dinner last night. It didn't quite go as planned, one of the guests was a little heavy on the bottle...too bad though, it could have turned out well. But it gave me a chance to justify making a fondue lol...I made my Smoked Cheddar and Apple Fondue...ooh boy...with homemade bread, homegrown lettuce and a great Italian Primitivo red wine...despite the one disappointing dinner guest, the meal was fabulous! 

50 comments:

Mama Pea said...

I do believe it was only your TLC that enabled Jack to recover. He's one lucky little pup!

Now stop talking about fondue. I haven't made it since the 80s, but you are surely tempting me to find a fondue set somewhere and make some to satisfy my craving for it!

tpals said...

I've never had fondue of any sort but it looks interesting.

Isn't over-imbibing as a guest in someone's home incredibly rude?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hugs to Jack and all your other animals! Mmmm, that fondue does look delicious!

Rain said...

Thanks Mama Pea :) I'm so sorry but I will NOT stop talking about fondue EVER!!! ;) I think part of my blood is cheese lol...I think you need to find yourself a fondue pot!

Rain said...

Hi Tpals :) Cheese fondue is luscious! :) YES...this woman who came over was a sloppy drunk mess...we don't have people over often and both Alex and I didn't know how to react to her except just to humour her for the sake of her partner...very rude. She won't be invited back that's for sure!

Rain said...

Thanks for the hugs Debra :) Wait, aren't you supposed to pull out that fondue pot???

wisps of words said...

Hope you can "edit out" the rude dinner guest. Would be wise, I think. He/she "showed their colors." By drinking to much. To invite him/her again, would be to beat on yourself. <---My view. Only my view.

So happy for Jack. That he is better. That he understands when you tell him, to take the ramp. That you two, take such good care, of your pets.

Please, stop with the "going to be hard to have the 2 "visitors" go"! Let their Real Owner even "get a whiff" of that.... And he will bolt, and leave you with his pets, forever! Really!!!!!! This guy has proved himself to take advantage of you! He will do it again, if he can.

Ok, way tooo much advice!!!!!!!! I get sooooo rillllllled up, over unfairness. I do. But it is not my place, to lecture you.

Hugs.....

Rain said...

Wisps of Words, I love your passion, thank you xx I am just as riled up over the unfairness of the situation! That woman who drank too much...she's no longer welcome and honestly we are confronting the boyfriend tonight. He is our friend, but he is oblivious to her silliness...this is a woman of 60 years old and it shocked me at how irresponsible she was...also she was on her phone all night, very rude. I guess age doesn't necessarily bring manners and wisdom huh? Just to some ;)

Marsha said...

So happy for Jack. How kind you are to your fur babies. Nice ramp, Alex. I know we will be doing that one of these years too.

The fondue dinner looks yummy. Too bad the was 1 bad apple.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That fondue sounds so good!
Jack is going to be ready for warm weather and grass now that he has mended.

Sandi said...

"My little hound dog has fully recovered from ???...whatever happened to him."

When our boys were littler we would tell them their stuffed animals ran around at night while they were asleep, having parties and going on adventures, that sort of thing. I think you should consider the possibility that Jack is doing that. He may be a secret agent. I'm just saying.

;)

Stefanie said...

You are a fondue queen. Yikes, an over inebriated guest? Sorry that happened. I LOVE Jack. He is awesome and glad he is comfortable and happy.
I don't blame you your opinion about romances. I have such high expectations for them. It's fantasy's fault.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

That is a lovely, soulful picture of Jack.

Christine said...

So glad Jack is all better, too bad about that guest but the fondue looks good.

laurie said...

that jack,,,, those eyes melt my heart!!!

Becki said...

That ramp up to the couch speaks oodles about the love you have for your animals - in this case, Jack. Glad he is feeling better.

baili said...

i am sooo happy that jack is fine now dear Rain!

i can imagine your relaxation over his recovery and the mixed happy sad feelings for the pets who are going to leave within ten days

i really hope that you will be busy with less tough routine and will miss them less.

ramp idea is great and cat looks happy to enjoy the slop :)

this is nice to have guest occasionally and making them best homemade food ,glad you enjoyed it my friend!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what good news about jack. nothing quite as bad as a sick pet. i haven't made a fondue in years. i, too, could not live without cheese! i'm glad to hear you are getting warmer weather. it's too hot here already!

Rain said...

Thanks Marsha :) One bad apple, ha! Yeah...I can't imagine what people are thinking but she won't be back. We are thinking of ramps for the bedroom upstairs too now. It makes it so much easier on them as they get older!

Rain said...

Thanks Gill :) It was a long month for Jack and for us! I think we're all ready for some warmer weather!

Rain said...

LOL Sandi! I love that! :)

Rain said...

Hi Stefanie :) An over-inebriated guest is an understatement, my gosh...she was a mess!! First impressions...you'd think she would have tried a little harder not to drink fifty bottles of wine lol...

Rain said...

Thanks TB :) He's my heart! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) The fondue was awesome! I've been craving it ever since!


Rain said...

Thanks Laurie :) His eyes melt my heart too and he knows how to work me lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Becki :) It's hard to see our pets aging...we are trying to make life as comfy as we can for them, they deserve it! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) I'm relieved that Jack recovered so well. We're just hoping it doesn't happen again. But we are better prepared now! The ramps are great, he loves to run up and down them. Actually we're trying to teach our big husky Marlene to use the ramps too. She has stiffness in one of her front legs, it's funny to see her run up and down them because she's so awkward, but she's very proud of herself and wags her tail each time for acknowledgment!

Rain said...

Thanks Joyce :) I wouldn't want to live without cheese either lol...it's such a treat to have a fondue. I'm really hoping we get more hot weather soon!!! :)

Martha said...

Hi Rain! Jack is a sweetie. And how nice that you are making it easy for him around the house. We want our fur babies to be happy and safe.

I know you will miss S&P! How could you not? They have been with you for a long time and it was inevitable that you would get attached, especially being such a sensitive soul. My daughter's cat has been here less than a week and I'm already feeling the ache of her leaving us in a few weeks. It's so silly. But I can't help it. I'm so attached to her already.

That fondue looks delicious. Too bad about the company. Some people don't handle the bottle very well and things can head south rather quickly!

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) I know how you feel about Obi...even a few weeks together, you DO bond with them! Pavlov stayed with us last June and half of July and I found it so hard to let him go then...now it's been 8 months and boy, it'll be tough. But yes...I can't wait to get my life back! Yeah...that woman who came over was a slobbering drunk to be quite frank. Alex and I kept asking each other "should we ask them to leave???"...but we decided to wait it out, bad idea though. I'll blog about what happened to Jack as a result of her carelessness...

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

I am sorry your guest ruined your dinner. Jack captures my heart. Glad he is doing so well. What a great idea to build the ramp for him. Nancy

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It is good to read that Jack is doing better. I figured that you would be sad saying goodbye to the pups. Their life had to be so good with you and we all hope thei next destination will be the same.

I have had guests that drank too much and it hasn’t been pretty. Thankfully, there was always someone to drive them home.

I hope your snow goes away this week. It is time to celebrate spring with a green, instead of white, landscape.

Nicolas Hall said...

I've had an easier time, as it were, leaving people behind in my life than the animals I've known. . .

Jack looks quite content there! The ramp is a brilliant idea and, of course, cats make the most of every new addition to their spaces, often seeming to believe that it has all been designed for their comfort and enjoyment above all else!

Sending love and light to Jack as he continues to recover and that the warmer days ahead bring many opportunities for porch time!

Sam I Am...... said...

Love your Hygge porch! I still remember last year when you 'built' it...I am still very impressed! I have so much work to do outside and it is already starting to 'heat up' down here....ahhh! What a wonderful dinner and how rude to over indulge when someone goes to that much trouble to make a meal. Just MHO. But sometimes when the wine and the company is good it just happens so I should not judge.
I need to make a ramp for Nitty and Annie...they are both having issues...Nitty with her hind leg and arthritis and Annie with her back. Could Alex send me the plans and the directions? For the shelves and the ramp. LOL! Just kidding! Enjoy your glorious weather!

Magic Love Crow said...

Give Big Hugs to your fur babies for me! That fondue looks so amazing! Big Hugs!

RO said...

Reminds me of when I was in the Air Force and did a lot of entertaining. More than one person usually showed up already plastered, and we ended up having overnight guests because we couldn't let them leave, right? Then we had to keep the entertainment going with breakfast in the morning. Ugh...(lol)

There is always nothing wrong with lots of cheesy goodness, and that looks yummy! Hugs...RO

Rain said...

Hi Nancy :) Yes, that guest was unbearable. At least the cheese saved the night for me lol!

Rain said...

Hi Starting Over :) I can only hope that those two dogs will have a cozy, loving and SECURE life from now on because we will no longer babysit them. He's asked us so often over the years and we were never able to. Now that we were able to, look what happened, sigh. Time to move on though. Oh the snow is almost gone! There are some patches still in the yard, but I'm sure they'll be gone this week. The woods though, that takes a little longer.

Rain said...

Hi Nicolas :) Yes, we are the same as you. Alex and I have also had an easier time letting go of people over pets. Ha! That's so true about the cats, lol...porch time is one of my favourite times! Even if it's cold now, I'm just going to grab another blanket, I'm living outside mostly now! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Sam :) Yes! My hygge porch! It's so comfy right now, I have my curtains up, some blankets for chilly mornings and nights, candles...oh I love it! We haven't put the screen doors on yet because we are luckily not in black fly season yet, but by end of May all that will be installed too! I did some painting on the porch yesterday too :))

Your HO is also MHO....Alex and I don't entertain often at all and we told this guy we met that we are very private people and we don't have many friends etc...if he brought her over, he had to vouch for her. Didn't work too well!

Ha! You know honestly, Alex took an old shelf we had in the basement, added some pieces of wood and glued some dollar store rugs on the ramp. We have a crappy old couch so we didn't care if we made holes in it or not, so he attached it directly to the couch!

Rain said...

Thanks Magic Love Crow :)

Rain said...

Hi RO :) You are generous...there was NO WAY she was staying overnight...we would have called her a taxi before that happened. At least our friend was sober enough to drive her AWAY...Oh the cheese fondue was the star of the night!!! :)

Harry Flashman said...

We got a little set of steps so Rufus can get on and off the couch. He's 17 years old, pretty old for a dog, and jumping down was hard on him. He can't jump back up once he gets off. Being older myself, I can sympathize with him. Jack looks to be pretty well set up.

Susan said...

Ooooh, that Jack, I just love him! He is so smoochable! You, Alex and your whole brood have been a godsend for your 'friend's' two pooches. Thank goodness you were there to take them in and keep them safe. You are awesome-sauce! It's too bad that one of your dining companions tainted such a lovely dinner! You can check that one off your guest list!

Fundy Blue said...

Since I'm working backwards, I know the details on your dinner guest. How disappointing! Your table was lovely! I haven't had fondue in forever. The last time was on my 50th birthday when my sisters and mother took me to Chateau Lake Louise to celebrate a girls weekend together. We had fabulous fondue at a restaurant there. My sister Donnie is clearing out her house before putting it up for sale and downsizing. When she went through the basement, she found five fondue makers she didn't remember she had. She commented that she doesn't think she ever made fondue at home. I'll have to check out your recipe. It's very hard to see a pet you love injured or sick. I'm glad he is feeling much better. I love the ramp that Alex made for him. Sending you a big hug!

Rain said...

Hi Harry :) I can sympathize with Jack too, as my knees are not what they used to be. But Jack still tries to jump up and down, it's something we really have to train him to keep doing, using the ramps that is. My pug Spencer lived to 19 years old, I hope Rufus has a few more good years to go!

Rain said...

Hi Susan :) Oh I just love my Jack Rabbit too :) He gives the best, stinkiest kisses lol! :) Well, I won't reply to the dinner guest comment because you read the next blog post!!

Rain said...

Hi Louise :) Thanks :) I love to get the table all set up and that fondue dinner, very disappointing, if only for the company...they even DOUBLE DIPPED...we provided fondue forks to dip, and dinner forks to eat, they were eating off the fondue forks, yikes...no manners at all! Oh my gosh what a score for your sister!!! I would LOVE to have five fondue pots!!! :)

baili said...

i may be forgot to mention in my earlier comment that you and jack looking truly in love with each other in the photo above

Rain said...

Oh thank you Baili :)) xx